Main definitions of grating in US English:

: grating1grating2

grating1

adjective

  • 1Sounding harsh and unpleasant.

    ‘a high, grating voice’
    • ‘The song is highly varied - musical passages are freely interspersed with harsh grating ones.’
    • ‘She'd stepped on a small stone disk and it had sunk into the ground with a grating noise.’
    • ‘The hideous, grating noise lasted for only a few seconds, and then the blessed silence of the forest poured back in.’
    • ‘Her mother's grating voice echoed through her mind.’
    • ‘This grating noise can be very disconcerting and is one of the biggest reasons, besides pain, that members present for treatment.’
    • ‘She slammed her hand onto a switch and the blast doors began to close with loud bangs and grating noises.’
    • ‘Damien laughed and demonstrated his grating growl of a voice.’
    • ‘There was a harsh, tinny grating sound, echoing into his ears, as the sphere ground against the wall.’
    • ‘‘It's nothing I can't handle,’ she croaked feebly and Randy chuckled at the grating sound her voice made.’
    • ‘The man had rambled at her too, in a gravely, grating voice, explaining who he was and where he was taking her.’
    • ‘The message of this is don't ignore nasty grating noises in the lungs for weeks, in the hope they'll get better!’
    • ‘The rough grating voices tore through the darkness and pierced his ears.’
    • ‘The shadowy figure spit each word out in its grating voice.’
    • ‘After a few seconds, a harsh grating voice came out of the speakers above the door.’
    • ‘Would the recording be of a metallic grating voice?’
    • ‘Then he laughed a harsh, grating laugh Kaitlin had never heard.’
    • ‘Precious heard a grating noise and then silence.’
    • ‘I have never been much of a music person, preferring instead the sound of my own thoughts and the environmental sounds to the too-often grating noise that exudes from the radio or other music medium.’
    • ‘Doc laughed at that as well, an unpleasant grating sound like someone scraping down deep for something no longer there.’
    • ‘With a harsh grating sound, the lid slid off, exposing its contents: a small black metal box, the size of a briefcase.’
    scraping, scratching, grinding, rasping, creaking, jarring, abrasive
    harsh, raucous, strident, piercing, shrill, ear-piercing, screeching, squawking, squawky, squeaky, sharp
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    1. 1.1 Irritating.
      ‘a smarty-pants tone that I found grating’
      • ‘But then she spoke again, in this pleading, grating voice that rubbed his nerve endings raw.’
      • ‘Why is that the most obnoxious, most annoying, the most grating and jarring is the most popular?’
      • ‘It was particularly refreshing when compared with the slightly grating staccato voice he used to read his poetry.’
      • ‘It was an annoying, grating tweet designed specifically to get on the nerves of someone trying to stay asleep.’
      • ‘I listened for as long as I could tolerate his inane features and grating voice, then turned off the television.’
      • ‘She bristled at the familiar grating voice behind her.’
      • ‘His grating voice, frameless spectacles, faded suits and short, stringy hair all broke with the conformist protest style.’
      • ‘There are no surprises and the maniacally manipulative musical score often gets downright grating.’
      • ‘She cleared her throat and spoke in that grating voice again.’
      • ‘When she spoke, her voice was back to its regular grating tone.’
      • ‘Thus, as you watched, and however grim the revelations, it was as if a grating background noise which had annoyed you for decades had simply ceased without your having noticed it.’
      • ‘When she finally started paying attention to the professor, he could see a look of vague irritation at the professor's sharp accent, which was a grating sound to anyone's ear.’
      • ‘Not only does he have a grating voice, but he merely describes what is going on on-screen when not singing his own praises.’
      • ‘It's a little grating after awhile, to be honest.’
      • ‘Ms. Lynch's grating voice called out as I entered the room.’
      • ‘It's also grating, because at the international level, where big business makes the big money and wields enormous power, Howard is a fan of international agreements to grease big business wheels.’
      • ‘But the voice of the lead singer gets very grating.’
      • ‘However, there is a scene near the end which I found grating and unnecessary and just too sentimental.’
      • ‘Trust me, after three or four songs of this nature, it tends to get a little grating on the old nerves.’
      • ‘‘Oh, please,’ she begged in that grating voice that she seemed to instinctively know really got on his nerves.’
      irritating, annoying, infuriating, rankling, vexatious, irksome, galling, exasperating, maddening, displeasing
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Pronunciation

grating

/ˈɡreɪdɪŋ//ˈɡrādiNG/

Main definitions of grating in US English:

: grating1grating2

grating2

noun

  • 1A framework of parallel or crossed bars, typically preventing access through an opening while permitting communication or ventilation.

    • ‘Some were trying to lift gratings and grids in an attempt to enter the sewers whilst a few attempted to break down the doors leading into the Black Tower.’
    • ‘In the middle of this section there was a mysterious grating - a storm drain or possibly even a sewer, I now understand.’
    • ‘A welded grating prevents anyone from straying deeper into the adjoining caves.’
    • ‘Iron gratings will be fitted at intake points of storm water drains to prevent blocking from solid waste.’
    • ‘Suddenly, something thudded against the grating that covered the opening.’
    • ‘Her fingers trace the opening, only to find the gaps between the gratings too narrow for her hand to fit through.’
    • ‘He would soon have realised that the cleaner he kept the yard the less likely the gratings would become blocked and therefore the easier it would be to keep the drains running free.’
    • ‘Aluminum is used in hulls, deckhouses, and hatch covers of commercial ships, as well as in equipment items, such as ladders, railings, gratings, windows, and doors.’
    • ‘Toilet cubicles will need to be more spacious than usual, and gratings fitted to the floors to prevent accidental flooding.’
    • ‘The council also said the narrowness of the slots in the drain gratings, which had been designed for pedestrian safety, were vulnerable to blocking by litter and debris.’
    • ‘Gutters overflow, the gratings of the drains heave.’
    • ‘The 56-year-old claims nothing has been done to sort it since gratings were stolen from two of the drains four months ago.’
    • ‘A mound of cardboard shivered near a wall, and we saw it was a homeless man, huddled above a grating for warmth, ripped cartons his only blanket.’
    • ‘None of the other gratings have been found to have this problem.’
    • ‘The system is designed with gratings to allow drainage into the channel, while carrying various loads.’
    framework, grid, grate, network, grille, grillwork, lattice, trellis, criss-cross, matrix
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    1. 1.1Optics A set of equally spaced parallel wires, or a surface ruled with equally spaced parallel lines, used to produce spectra by diffraction.
      • ‘For narrow spectral bandwidth gratings, dimensional variations must be minimized or compensated, and the grating is apodized by both a.c. and d.c. variations in writing beams at a net constant power.’
      • ‘The gratings diffract lights to the desired port.’
      • ‘In 1910, Max von Laue published an equation that can be used to calculate diffraction maxima observed from two-dimensional cross gratings.’
      • ‘Seminal work on the diffraction grating was done by Joseph von Fraunhofer beginning in 1821, who demonstrated that the gratings could produce spectra of unprecedented quality.’
      • ‘The etched etalon filter used in our single mode design has broader spectral characteristics than the gratings used in a typical DFB laser, which makes it less effective at filtering off-peak wavelengths.’

Pronunciation

grating

/ˈɡreɪdɪŋ//ˈɡrādiNG/